“Jesus doesn’t condemn those who are weak and trying hard; but those who are strong and aren’t trying at all. For Jesus, sin is often a failure to bother to love.”

– Fr. James Martin, SJ

 

I think it is the Truth that I am

antiracist.

 

I have given it much thought

and I think 

all races should be equal 

under Pax Romana.

 

when one of Them is dragged out,

battered and bloodied;

I think:

“Why? What evil has he done?”

 

when I hear the response that They

were misleading and inciting Their people to revolt;

I think:

“I find this man not guilty.”

 

when I then look into Their 

bruised and bludgeoned eyes;

I think:

“Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.”

 

and when I see that They, despite it all,

remain solemn and strong;

I think:

“Behold, the man!”

 

all of these thoughts are my antiracist

Truth.

 

but when I think

on the amount of thought I have given it, 

I think 

that I have done little more than

think.

 

and if this is the Case,

that I have done little more for Them

than think, 

could it be that They have suffered, died, and were buried

under me?

 

perhaps I should try thinking:

“Quid est veritas?”

REFLECTION

  • Have I truly been an Ignatian “contemplative in action” in the realm of antiracism – or only contemplative? 
  • If I have been more of the latter than the former, what are some ways I can rectify this?

ANTIPHON

When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.” – Matthew 27:24

Written by Kevin B.

Every issue of “Becoming Antiracist” is written by a fellow St. Ignatius parishioner.

Kevin B. is a seventh-generation Polish/Irish/Italian Baltimorean whose extended family history in Baltimore includes everything from priests to longshoremen. A formerly lapsed Catholic, he was brought to St. Ignatius – kicking and screaming – by his wife Kendall, and has since begun a journey with Ignatian spirituality.